CBS teacher to represent Ireland at top conference

CBS teacher Jim Murray who has been invited to the 2018 World Education Exchange conference in Singapore.

Omagh CBS teacher Jim Murray has been selected as one of two Irish representatives to attend the 2018 World Education Exchange conference in Singapore.

Starting on March 13, the three-day E2 world conference will bring together 300 innovative educators from across the globe.


The CBS continues to be recognised for its excellent eLearning practice. The school is in its third year as a Microsoft Showcase School, with Noel Donnelly, vice principal and Jim Murray, senior teacher, both certified as Microsoft Innovative Educator Experts. This has enabled them to train fellow teachers across Northern Ireland in collaborative education and to present at principals’ conference on their eLearning experiences.

Technology and Design teacher, Mr Murray expressed his delight, stating, “My selection is an exciting recognition of our staff’s innovative eLearning work across departments. I am thankful that our governors and Mr McConnell (principal) have fully supported our vision for the development of eLearning in the Christian Brothers, and in particular to Mr Noel Donnelly for his enthusiastic lead. Our eLearning group’s advances in piloting the virtual digital classroom has required courageous leadership and I am excited at the prospect of demonstrating our school’s advances to an expert audience.”

In congratulating Mr Murray, CBS principal, Foncy McConnell, extolled the benefits of technology assisted opportunities.

He said, “The opportunity to represent Ireland at the World Education Exchange, allows us to showcase and compare our eLearning practices on a global stage, and Mr Murray will bring the benefits of such experiences home. Early in planning for transition to the Shared Strule Campus, it was clear that collaboration and technology have an essential part to play for all local schools. We are working together for the shared provision of twenty-first century education in Omagh. The excellence delegates will experience at E2 will prove invaluable in assessing best practices, which, in turn, will ensure our students’ future experiences will be innovative, inspiring and transformative.”


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